April 2008 Edition

Home Inspector Licensing Is Here

HB 1217 has passed both the house and senate and is awaiting the governor’s signature. Here is portions of the bill:


To amend Title 43 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to professions and businesses, so as to provide for legislative intent; to provide definitions; to create the State Licensing Board of Home Inspectors; to provide for its membership, appointment, filling of vacancies, terms of office, qualifications, powers and duties, staffing, and meetings; to provide for licensing of home inspectors; to provide for qualifications and reciprocity under certain circumstances; to provide for renewals and continuing education; to prohibit certain acts; to provide for applicability; to provide for home inspection reports and their contents; to provide for insurance requirements; to provide for related matters; to repeal Article 6 of Chapter 3 of Title 8 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to documentation by home inspectors; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
It is the intent of the General Assembly in the interest of public health, safety, and welfare to require the regulation of home inspectors and to assure that consumers of home inspection services can rely on the competence of home inspectors. The practice of home inspection is declared a business or profession affecting the public interest, and this chapter shall be liberally construed so as to accomplish the intent and purposes stated in this chapter.
(a) Anyone seeking to be licensed as a home inspector in this state shall file an application on a form provided by the board accompanied by an application fee as provided by the board.
(b) A person shall be eligible for licensure as a home inspector if he or she:
(1) Is at least 18 years of age;
(2) Is of good moral character;
(3) Has not been convicted of a crime that has a direct bearing on the person’s ability to perform competently and fully as a licensee;
(4) Has successfully completed high school or its equivalent;
(5) Has:
(A) Completed a board approved course of study of no less than 80 hours that covers all of the following components of a residential building of four units or less: heating system, cooling system, plumbing system, electrical system, structural components, foundation, roof covering, exterior and interior components, and site aspects as they affect the building; or
(B)(i) Presented documentation as required by the board that he or she has been engaged in the practice of home inspection for compensation for not fewer than three years prior to the effective date of this chapter; and
(ii) Performed not fewer than 100 home inspections for compensation; and
(6) Has passed a valid, reliable examination designed to test competence in home inspection practice and developed pursuant to accepted psychometric standards promulgated by the American Educational Research Association or similar organization acceptable to the board. The board shall designate such examination no later than six months after the date this chapter becomes effective.
(c) Any otherwise qualified applicant failing the examination required by this chapter may be reexamined at any regularly scheduled examination within one year of the date of original application upon payment of a reexamination fee in an amount to be set by the board, without need to resubmit an application, unless any information set forth in the previously submitted application is no longer accurate or complete. Anyone requesting to take the examination a third or subsequent time shall wait at least one calendar year after the taking of the last examination and shall submit an application with the appropriate examination fees.
(a) On and after 18 months after the date this chapter becomes effective, no person shall provide nor present, call, or represent himself or herself as able to provide a home inspection for compensation unless he or she is licensed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
(b) Any person who, directly or indirectly, with the intention or upon the promise of receiving any valuable consideration, offers, attempts, or agrees to perform or performs any single act of home inspection shall be deemed a home inspector within the meaning of this chapter. The commission of a single such act by a person who is required to have a home inspector license under this chapter but who has not obtained such license shall constitute a violation of this chapter.  

For the full test see: http://www.legis.ga.gov/legis/2007_08/fulltext/hb1217.htm 

Wireless Smoke Alarms

Interconnected smoke alarms have been the norm in new construction for years. If one detector goes off, they all have to.

Smoke Alarm

But a lot of older homes still don’t have this life-saving feature. Innotek has a great solution: its battery powered Protek Wireless interconnecting smoke alarm uses wireless technology to sound all the smoke alarms in a house whenever one goes off. It satisfies HUD regulations and most inspectors. List price starts at $90. Innotek, 877/476-8133, www.innotekcorp.com.

Source: The Family Handyman July 2007

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Richard Needham

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Penni Koegler

Prudential Georgia Realty

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Snellville, Georgia 30078  

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